[Samuel Lee, Professor of Arabic and Regius Professor of Hebrew in the University of Cambridge.] Autograph Letter Signed ('S Lee') to John Yonge Akerman, regarding a collection of coins and medals he has been offered by S. Jackson of Keswick.

Samuel Lee (1783-1852), orientalist and linguist, Professor of Arabic and Regius Professor of Hebrew in the University of Cambridge [John Yonge Akerman (1806-1873), numismatist and antiquary]
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'D. C.' [Downing College, Cambridge?] 2 April 1847.
SKU: 21516

2pp, 12mo. On first leaf of bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with several folds. Twenty-two lines written in a close, crabbed hand. Begins: 'My dear Sir | I looked for you at the last meeting of the Antiquarian Society [i.e. the Cambridge Antiquarian Society] – in vain.' He is forwarding a letter he has received from 'Mr S. Jackson of Keswick, Cumberland – concerning some coins & medals for sale', He does not 'wish to be a purchaser', but Akerman may wish to give notice to 'some one who would wish to possess some of the collection'. He has written to Jackson and urges Akerman to do the same, as this 'woud do him good, and might inspirit him to send some communication hereafter to the Editor of the M Journal'. He next asks Akerman to forward a letter to 'Mr. Brummell'. His wife is writing with him 'in respect to Mrs. Akerman – we go tomorrow to attend the Quarter Sessions, and hope to return to London about the 14th. of this month'. Lee was master of eighteen languages, and his entry in the Oxford DNB refers to his 'linguistic genius'.